In solidarity with arrested editors and publisher
Malaysia journalists wore black today, changed their Facebook profiles photos to black with press freedom slogans, and Malaysiakini used a black-and-white scheme on the front page of their web site as the press continued to show support for Malaysian Insider’s editors and publisher. Five of them were arrested by police on a complaint by Istana Negara, backed by Umno politicians, over a report which they said was false.
Three editors were released on bail yesterday after spending a night in the lockup. A magistrate refused a police application to remand them. Lionel Morais, Amin Iskandar, Zulkifli Sulong joined about 50 other media people and friends at a candle-light vigil outside Dang Wangi police station.
Malaysian Insider editor-in-chief Jahabar Sadiq and publisher Ho Kay Tat were held overnight and
are expected to be brought to court for a remand hearing today were expected to be released on police bail today after the police decided not to apply for a remand order. Yesterday a magistrate rejected an application to detain Lionel, Amin and Zulkifi in the lockup.
Malaysian media activist groups have condemned the police and government for the arrests.